Vostro 1500 random beep

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Vostro 1500 random beep

  • My 2 weeks old Vostro 1500 is randomly emitting a loud kind of bip/squeak/squeal sounding like "crreee-eeEeeEEEEPPP!!!"

     

    I couldn't find a way of reproducing it, it happens once or twice a day and doesn't seem to be related to what  I do.

    I  heard it while browsing the internet, doing some word processing and even while just watching a movie.

     

    Note that the sound doesn't come from the speaker but from under the keyboard.

     

    I updated the Bios to the latest version but it didn't make any difference.

     

    Any ideas what could be causing it? 

  • There are several threads on the forum about laptops beeping even when put on mute.  One of the suggestions was that the hard drive was beeping because it was detecting some kind of impending failure.  Have you tried running Dell diagnostics on the system (F12 at the Dell Logo screen before windows boots up)?

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    Inspiron 15R Laptop
    Intel Core i3-370M (2.4GHz, 4 Threads, 3MB cache) CPU
    4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 RAM
    500GB 5400rpm HDD
    15.6 Inch High Definition (720p) LED Display with TrueLife
    Intel HD Graphics
    Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium, 64bit
    Integrated 10/100 Network Card
    8X CD/DVD Burner (Dual Layer DVD+/-R Drive)
    Integrated High Definition Audio 2.2
    Dell Wireless 1501
    Integrated 1.3M Pixel Webcam
    6-Cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
    PA-12 65W Power Adaptor (19.5V, 3.34A)
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  • Thanks will try that tonight.

     

    Will post the results tomorrow. 

  • If Diagnostics does not find any problems, but the beeps continue and you want to stop it, go to the CD/DVD forum, click on the FAQ (the first post in the list) and go to number 11.  Here is a direct link to it:

     

    http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/dsn/en/document?c=us&cs=19&docid=47792CD8E16C46209EFA43ED41C6DA54&journalid=F701B476B60411DB8E9CE13CCF5BB765&l=en&s=dhs 

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    Inspiron 15R Laptop
    Intel Core i3-370M (2.4GHz, 4 Threads, 3MB cache) CPU
    4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 RAM
    500GB 5400rpm HDD
    15.6 Inch High Definition (720p) LED Display with TrueLife
    Intel HD Graphics
    Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium, 64bit
    Integrated 10/100 Network Card
    8X CD/DVD Burner (Dual Layer DVD+/-R Drive)
    Integrated High Definition Audio 2.2
    Dell Wireless 1501
    Integrated 1.3M Pixel Webcam
    6-Cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
    PA-12 65W Power Adaptor (19.5V, 3.34A)
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  • Diagnostic didn't report anything wrong.

     

    Sorry I don't understand the link with the beep and CD/DVD.

     

    Anyway I disabled the internal speaker, we will see if it do the trick. 

  • Did that sound again even with the internal speaker disabled.

     

    Guess it only leaves the hard drive then...

    Message Edited by Fabre on 03-19-2008 12:41 AM
  • Is there a way of getting in touch with Dell support by email?

     

    Having to wait on hold 30min before speaking to an agent when calling the support line is eating my cell plan fast.